"15 YEARS OF SOUL SEARCHING SINCE RYAN'S DEATH" John Halligan, Founder Ryan's Story Presentation LTD
John will share his son's story along with his initial response and his journey these past 15 years that brought a deeper understanding of how building connections are vital in suicide prevention. He will share his opinions of how parents, schools, students, mental and medical health providers, and even technology, all play a critical role.
"ARE WE MAKING A DIFFERENCE? THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF SUICIDE PREVENTION" James Wright, LCPC, Public Health Advisor SAMHSA, Center for Mental Health Services Division of Prevention, Traumatic Stress and Special Programs Suicide Prevention Branch
With old priorities changing and new priorities emerging, it can be difficult to assess national, state and community needs and opportunities. Mr. Wright will share SAMHSA’s expansion to a more lifespan approach to suicide prevention, including federal grant programs allowing for state and community work. Impact of legislation and emerging initiatives, such as Zero Suicide, Emerging Technologies, Crisis Services and the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC) will highlighted. Finally, Mr. Wright will discuss the importance of tracking suicidal behavior to show impact over time through different surveillance mechanisms, specifically highlighting work done by the Garrett Lee Smith grantee program, Zero Suicide initiative and National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Examples will show not only the importance for state engagement but the needed enhanced focus by community providers.
"RECENT SUICIDE TRENDS IN VERMONT: WHAT ARE WE LEARNING? Thomas Delaney, PhD, Assistant Professor, Vermont Child Health Improvement Program, The Robert Larner, MD College of Medicine at UVM
This presentation will provide an overview of trends in suicide-related outcomes in Vermont and the U.S. The talk will use data from a variety of sources in attempting to identify groups and settings where risks have been increasing, as well as identify areas where current efforts should be sustained.
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"NOTES FROM THE FIELD: SCREENING TOOLS UTILIZED ACROSS SETTINGS" Panel: Sarah A. Arias, PhD, Alpert Medical School of Brown University - ED-SAFE Robert R. Althoff, University of Vermont Medical Center - SERAS Kelly Posner, PhD, The Columbia Lighthouse Project - C-SSRS
"VOICE OF SUICIDAL IDEATION - HOW CLINICIANS CAN WORK BETTER WITH INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES OF THOSE WHO ARE SUICIDAL" A father and his son will share their journey of hope, recovery, and discovery.
Matti Salminen, Karlo Salminen Debby Haskins, MS, LADC, Suicide Program Specialist, will facilitate the discussion.
"REDUCING SHORT TERM SUICIDE RISK AFTER HOSPITALIZATION (CAMS)" Kate Comtois, PhD, MPH, Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington
"TECHNOLOGY IMPACT ON OUR YOUTH'S MENTAL HEALTH" John Halligan, Founder Ryan's Story Presentation LTD
"IMPROVING SYSTEMS: PRACTICE IMPROVEMENT AND REACHING VETERANS NOT IN VA CARE" James Wright, LCPC, Public Health Advisor, Suicide Prevention Branch, SAMHSA
"INTEGRATED HEALTH CARE STRATEGIES: HOW THREE SITES ARE IMPLEMENTING A CLINICAL PATHWAY TO SUICIDE PREVENTION" Panel: Peter Mills, PhD, MS, Director, VA National Center for Patient Safety Field Office, VA Medical Center, White River Junction, VT Meghan Snitkin, LICSW, VA Medical Center, White River Junction, VT Meaghan McFadden, MSW, Clinical Social Worker, Northwestern Primary Care Alison Miley, MSW, SASH Community Based Clinician, Howard Center
"THE COLUMBIA-SUICIDE SEVERITY RATING SCALE: SAVING LIVES, REDUCING WORKLOADS AND REDUCING LIABILITY" Adam Lesser, LCSW, Columbia University
"IN OUR OWN VOICE" (NAMI-VT PROGRAM) Mitzi Bockmann Kristy Hommel
"SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS & SUICIDE - A CHANCE FOR CLINICIANS TO TALK" Tom Delaney, PHD - "Substance Abuse, Suicide and Young People in Vermont: What Do The Data Tell Us? Win Turner, PhD, Project Director, SBIRT, Center for Behavioral Health Integration Debby Haskins, MS, LADC, Suicide Program Specialist, Center for Health and Learning
The VT Suicide Prevention Center is a public - private partnership that is funded through an allocation from the Vermont legislature, Foundation Grants, Corporate Sponsors and individual and organizational donors.